After a state legislature passes a new law, regulations are drawn up which dictate how that legislation is applied and carried out. Right now, Delaware is creating regulations for its Dietitian/Nutritionist Licensure Act.
Over the past several years, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has been pressing state legislaturesto accept registrations only from ADA’s credentialing armto satisfy the state’s nutritionist licensing requirements. Meanwhile, qualified professionals who hold a current certificate from other established credentialing agencies are unable to practice nutritional therapy in that state.
And that is what is happening in Delaware. As currently proposed, highly qualified professionals whose credentials are from other agencies will be prohibited from practicing nutritional therapy in Delaware. AAHF believes the restrictive language in these regulations not only misinterprets the legislation, but will create a monopoly for the ADA.
At a minimum, we are requesting that the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS) be included in the Delaware regulations as a credentialing agency. This will protect the consumer’s right to choose from whom they receive their information and advice, and will ensure that competent, highly qualified professionals have the right to practice nutritional therapy. The education, internship, and exam requirements of CBNS actually exceed the standards set by the Delaware Dietitian/Nutritionist Licensure Act.
Please support our efforts to include CBNS as a certifying organization. You can do this in one of two ways:
1. Submit a written comment to the Delaware State Board of Dietetics/Nutrition no later thanApril 17, 2009. The address is:
Delaware State Board of Dietetics/Nutrition 861 Silver Lake Boulevard Dover, DE 19904
2. Attend the public hearing at 1:45 p.m. on April 17, 2009, at the same address. The public hearing will be in the Cannon Building, Second Floor, in Conference Room B.
We urge you to write even if you don't live in Delaware. Why? Because when a law passes in one state, it's just a matter of time before it becomes an issue in your state....and all states. Why wait? It'll just make things more difficult when it's your turn. We all need to band together and nip this in the bud today! It's crucial we maintain our health freedoms.
Feel free to edit the letter. The 5-10 minutes you spend writing will be well invested. Make your voice heard! Write your letter and mail it today to ensure it will arrive in time for the hearing on Friday, April 17, 2009.
I just printed my letter out and it'll be in Monday's mail. Join me!